The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has pledged to create more jobs and factories in every district in its second term.
The NPP since its defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 general elections, has created over two million direct and indirect jobs for the Ghanaian youth.
“Seven hundred and seventy-eight thousand of those jobs are in the public sector, 268,000 in the formal or private sector, and 1,000,000 jobs through government programmes including NaBCo”, said Nana Akomea, a member of the NPP’s communication team.
Addressing a news conference on Monday, October 26, 2020, in Accra, Mr Akomea recalled how the NPP in 2006 introduced the National Youth Employment Programme.
“…The famous NYEP is arguably the first deliberate policy of any government in the Fourth Republic, to directly and systematically provide jobs for the Ghanaian youth. For the two years period between 2006 to 2008, a total of 108,000 direct jobs were provided under the NYEP,” he stated.
“Sadly, very sadly, in the period after 2008 when the NPP left office, the NYEP was turned into the very infamous GYEEDA, and youth employment became a vehicle for one of the most corrupt forms of stealing taxpayers monies in the history of the Republic.”
Going forward, Mr. Akomea said the next NPP government will ensure that job creation and availability of jobs to the youth are increased sustainably.
He said the Ghanaian youth should be particularly excited about the massive and sustained industrialization programme going on in the country, through the one district, one factory policy.
“This particular programme, in the next four (4) years should result in a factory or manufacturing facility in every district in our country,” he said.
“These factories will throw up tens of thousands of direct jobs for you the youth. The food processing factories will see over 50% of our agriculture produce (the maize, tomatoes, peppers, corn, cassava, palm nuts, etc) processed, thus turning our currently predominantly peasant agriculture into commercial business.
“The potential of this real development to provide jobs for you the youth is enormous. And this is no pipe dream. This is a reality that will come to pass in the next four years under the NPP government,” he said.